My aim is to make sure students have reliable modes of access to me during the teaching term. To facilitate this I recommend using the following formats for discussing module material, clarifying information, getting responses to queries and reviewing module content.
Appointment hours: I designate a number of hours per week for student appointments. While students are welcome to stop by if they choose, appointments are a more reliable way to making sure we have a dedicated time to meet and discuss your work. The ‘appointment’ link above takes you to my appointment calendar which displays my hours of availability during the week. When you make an appointment it is uploaded to my calendar and students will receive a confirmation and reminder email before the date. As you will see there are several kinds of appointments (open-appointment hours, post-graduate appointments and clinics). Students in this module should use the ‘open-appointment hours’ calendar or the dedicated clinics. If you need to make an appointment outside the allotted hours (or outside the teaching term), please email to make an arrangement.
Email: I endeavour to respond to all student emails within 2 days depending on the nature of the query. Email is best for quick questions, clarifications or administrative matters. If it is a question about module material or how to prepare for your assessment, an appointment maybe more appropriate. Email is also good for requesting appointments outside my scheduled hours.
While I would not want to suggest that lecture is the most important learning context for this module (that honour goes to the reading), it is the most central and reliable context for me to communicate to you the central themes of the course and guide you through the assessment. That said, I fully understand that funerals, parents, work, religious events, weather and other unforeseen circumstances occasionally thwart our intentions, and the inflexible nature of our teaching schedule makes such events difficult to accommodate. To help alleviate these problems for both of us I have taken the following measures:
Lecture-capture: I use the Panopto lecture-capture software to record my lectures and post them onto Blackboard. It is important to emphasize that I do not view the recordings as a substitute for attending lecture. They are provided for review and as a back-up in case your ability to attend is unexpectedly hampered. Also note that I do not capture the assessment preparation and training sessions. These are designed to be interactive and conducted in class.
Make-up lectures: Because the unforeseen can also happen to me, the Department or the University, I schedule a number of make-up lectures during the term. Please see the Key Information sheet for the exact dates of these lectures. If for any reason provision fails, the schedule will automatically move forward in a manner that uses these slots. I ask you to put these dates in your dairy and keep them free. While the chances we will use the make-up slots are slim, I have created them so we can anticipate and plan as much as possible for the unexpected.
Assessment in this module is electronic only. No paper copies of assessment need to be submitted. Further information and instruction is provided in the Assessment Handbook. This system has the following advantages for students:
No paper copy: Rather than submitting an electronic and paper copy, students simply upload their document to Blackboard where I will access and mark it on-line. You can upload your document from anywhere (you do not have to physically come to the Department) so you do not need to submit your work ‘in-person’.Excellent feedback: electronic submission helps create clear and transparent feedback so students can easily see how their paper relates to the marking criteria
Quick turn-around: Once your paper is marked, you can access the marked paper immediately online. You do not have to wait for a physical copy to be returned.